I have a link on one of my hubs which goes to a page protected by Cloudflare DDoS protection. Because this service performs a browser check before redirecting the user to the actual link it is being wrongly marked as a broken link by Hubpages' automated system.
Initially I noticed the broken link warning but ignored it after checking that the link worked, but today I visited my hub outside of the edit mode and noticed that the link is crossed out and a message box pops up to tell people its a broken link before they click through - which really detracts from the page. Isn't this overkill and is there any way to request a review for an excpetion or something? This link is integral to the page which provides information about, and comparison of, various services and then links to the service provider, and it would substantially reduce the quality of the hub if I have to remove it.
For reference this is the link: https://coinkite.com/faq/terminal
When fetched that URL returns a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable HTTP Header, which indicates to us that the link is broken. You can see that using curl or an online link checker.
curl --head https://coinkite.com/faq/terminal
HTTP/1.1 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable
When you click that link manually, however, you will see that it actually isn't broken - so I don't think the connection limit has been reached.
There are two possibilities that I can think of:
1) It is giving your system a 503 because it is only allowing browsers to access the page, not bots. I know 503 is the wrong error for that, but it could still be the case.
2) There is a temporary 503 while a check is being completed, with results returned after a couple of seconds.
Can you not suggest any solution? Couldn't you contact Cloudflare to request your bots be allowed through? Or perhaps try telling your bot to wait a bit longer to see if it gets results returned a couple of seconds after the 503?
I saw the 503 error using a fresh incognito window with Chrome. So it's not just crawlers that are getting it. There are millions of links on HubPages, it's not really practical for us to make individual exceptions for servers that aren't following w3c standards. The fix here is for cloudflare to either return a 200 or do a 301 or 302 redirect to a page that does.
That said, I believe if you "ignore" the broken link from the broken links page in my account, it will temporarily solve the problem (until the next time that link is checked).
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